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Clinton organizes for caucuses, raises money in Colorado swing

The Colorado Statesman

BOULDER — Flanked by a power lineup of some of Colorado’s most influential Democrats, including former U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and state House Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, Hillary Clinton made her first official campaign stop in this college town on Tuesday since announcing her current run for the White House.

Colorado’s five living governors celebrate historic residence

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper welcomed his four predecessors and supporters of a fund to maintain the governor’s residence into the stately Boettcher Mansion on Friday night.

“It really does add real value and promise to the institution of the governor of Colorado,” Hickenlooper told some 200 gathered at a fundraiser for the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund inside what has been dubbed Colorado’s Home. “It is important that this building be preserved, and not just preserved but be able to function.”

Israeli consul general says innovation key in trade pact with Colorado

The Colorado Statesman

David Siegel, the Israeli consul general for the southwestern United States, met with Gov. John Hickenlooper and key members of his economic development staff last week to finalize a research and development agreement that Siegel said had the potential to develop into a hugely beneficial relationship between Israel and Colorado.


Hudson: Columbine as ‘cultural script’ for next generation of shooters

The Colorado Statesman

While there is satisfaction in Colorado’s hipness — the first state to retail legal marijuana, younger and healthier on average than our 49 compatriots and the No. 1 destination for migrating millennials — we tend to repress our history as the site of both the Columbine High School killings and the Aurora movie theater slaughter. The Columbine victims have a tasteful memorial, as may the Aurora dead one of these days. Discussion of these events is regarded as rather tasteless at chamber of commerce luncheons. The rest of the world has not forgotten, however.

News From Yesteryear

Ferraro touts advances by women on national stage

The Colorado Statesman

Thirty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was the main draw at a fundraiser for Sen. Gary Hart at the Executive Tower Inn. She was helping him retire the $3 million debt left over from his presidential run a year earlier, when he gave Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale a run for his money in the primary race. Ferraro was barraged by autograph seekers and admirers who simply wanted to shake her hand and tell her how much she’d done to advance the cause of women.


McCall takes reins at Farmers Union

Yuma farmer Dr. Dale McCall takes over next year from Kent Peppler as president of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, an organization representing farmers and ranchers in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming, the union announced this week. He has been vice president of the organization.

Ballot push heats up as drilling rules plod along

The Colorado Statesman

A group drafting ballot measures aimed at giving Colorado residents more control over oil and gas drilling in neighborhoods told The Colorado Statesman on Wednesday that the lack of action by state regulators has given “greater impetus” to their cause.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission this week was unable to reach consensus on its proposed local-control rules that would give counties and towns more say over state-controlled oil and gas drilling operations, pushing the process into December.

Hickenlooper thwacks hornet’s nest with position on Syrian refugees

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper drew a storm of criticism in the wake of his announcement Monday that Colorado would welcome Syrians who are fleeing their war-torn country and who had been admitted to the United States through the federal government’s refugee program.

Hickenlooper, officials unveil long-awaited state water plan

The Colorado Statesman

State officials formally unveiled the long-awaited Colorado Water Plan on Thursday at a press conference held amid meetings of the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the state’s various water districts.

Flanked by interests as traditionally disparate as agriculture, environment, business, rural and urban, the Front Range and the West Slope, Gov. John Hickenlooper and CWCB Director James Ecklund officially announced the rollout of the 480-page state water plan.

JBC's Hamner will lean on committee to find solutions

The Colorado Statesman

It was a tough day to be the new chair of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and his budget chief Henry Sobanet on Thursday rolled out for the six-member committee a well-worked-over $27 billion plan for the next year that landed with a clang.

It proposed cutting $370 million from state services based on revenue projections for the rest of the fiscal year, despite the Colorado economy’s robust performance and headlines around the country about the tax windfall Colorado is reaping from legalized marijuana.